No. 98: Slime, living lava lamps and a chocolate milk cure for concussions

TGIF: Happy Friday everybody and welcome new readers. It’s January 15, on which Wikipedia launched in 2001. Sad to hear about Alan Rickman. I won $4 on Powerball. Woo hoo.

For data freaks: The economic reasoning behind Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget in one tidy, 350-page report. Interesting job growth projections are on Page 80.

Greg David: Why GE chose Massachusetts. (Hint: Lower taxes, fairer taxes and better education.)

Head start: Seattle startup Vicis has a concussion-proof football helmet that uses technology developed by mechanical engineering and neurosurgery faculty at the U of W. Should be out for spring training.

A completely different approach: Chocolate milk.

Groupon et al: Seven big Internet companies that are ripe for acquisition this year, according to Merrill Lynch.

Legal woes continue for Draft King: A Massachusetts man who lost $175 on the site is suing.

Boom town: Average office rents in San Francisco have topped those in Manhattan for the first time, $72.26 to $71.85.

Save the date: The Bay Shore Middle School is beckoning all to its 2016 SLIME event – that’s Students of Long Island Maker Expo – on May 7. The event pulls together students from grades K-12 in what they’re calling STREAM, for science, technology, research, engineering, art, and math.

Save a tree: The AVZ economic survey is available for download.

Square feet: Greiner-Maltz is offering a 12,000 sf office building in Bethpage. Perfect for a medical practice.

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ICYMI

A don’t-miss: Venture capitalist David Calone keynotes the Long Island Capital Alliance’s health-focused pitch event on Jan. 22, which includes presentations from Remote Medical Technologies, Theragnostic Technologies, Soteria Technologies, High Pressure Processing and the Feinstein Institute’s Neural Tourniquet.

In the know: Veteran communicator Ellen Williams suspects you don’t have time to do your own research. Her startup, B2B R&D, can keep you affordably up to speed.

Boy’s club: A survey of women in the technology fields finds 60 percent have received unwanted sexual advances and almost 9 in 10 complained about unconscious bias.

Five-quart service: Farmingdale startup Bolt Mechanics brings oil changes and minor car repairs direct to your office.

Still Big Blue: IBM topped the patent list for the 23rd consecutive year in 2015. Watson-based products led the way.

Thanks, Saudi Arabia: Consumer confidence in the metro region is at a seven-year high due to lower gas prices, the Siena Institute reports.

Glass half full: The Brookhaven IDA is considering a benefits package for a Chinese architectural glass company that wants to build a $19 million plant in Shirley.

Haaavard expands: The Harvard Business School has opened a startup studio in NYC where alum can hang and new grads can launch businesses. TrendSeeder’s Avani Patel is in charge.

Trash talking: Seaford housewife Julia-Ann Bodine has a cure for garbage-can smells and pests. Now all she needs is a manufacturer.

ALSO

Henry Schein is back on the acquisition trail, this time an Australian firm with software for the veterinary sector.

Adelphi University has added degrees in neuroscience and supply-chain management.

Data giant Thomson Reuters has turned down cheap power from ReCharge NY for its planned Hauppauge revamp, suggesting … we’re not sure what.

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CALENDAR

We’ll be there: A tech networker hosted by Innovate, LISTnet and LaunchPad, Jan. 19, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Jewel, free to attend but we hear the drinks cost money.

Also: Six would-be unicorns try to impress a panel of local investors, Jan. 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m., $10, LaunchPad Huntington. Beer and pizza rumored.

Thirst for answers: Rep. Steve Israel joins an all-star panel (including activist Seth Siegel and Texas Tech’s Danny Reible, plus NYIT notables) for a debate on innovation and technology solutions to the global water crisis. Feb. 1 at NYIT’s auditorium on Broadway. Free but it’s at 8:30 a.m.

Only a few tables left: Empire State Development chief Howard Zemsky will speak in Islip on Feb. 3 at the LIBDC’s first 2016 outing.

BELOW THE FOLD

The new lime: Good news for people who don’t like cauliflower. There’s a shortage that has driven prices as high as $8 a head.

Cars: A brief history of the suicide door.

Raising jelly fish: Kinda like a living lava lamp.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading to way down here.